HARARE, (Reuters) – Mohammad Shahzad struck a lusty 84 runs to propel Afghanistan to a seven-wicket victory over the West Indies to win the World Cup qualifying tournament at the Harare Sports Club today.
The teams last week secured the two qualifying berths for next year’s tournament in England with today’s match bringing a hectic three-week event to a close.
Afghanistan, who came close to being eliminated in the first stage of the tournament, completed an impressive turnaround as they bowled out the West Indies for 204 in 46.5 overs and then comfortably reached their target with just under 10 overs to spare.
Shahzad, who was man of the match when they secured qualification by beating Ireland on Friday, hit his 84 off 93 runs with Rahmat Shah contributing 51. The two shared a 90-run partnership for the second wicket.
Teenage opening bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman took 4-43 with Rovman Powell top scoring for the West Indies with 44 runs.
WEST INDIES 204 off 46.5 overs (Rovman Powell 44, Shimron Hetmyer 38, Evin Lewis 27, Ashley Nurse 26, Shai Hope 23; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-43)
AFGHANISTAN 206 for three off 40.4 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 84, Rahmat Shah 51, Mohammad Nabi 27 not out; Chris Gayle 2-38)